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National survey of public library funding and technology access

A national survey of public library funding and technology access was mailed to public libraries early September 2008. The survey, part of a broader study of public library funding and technology access issues, is funded by the American Library Association and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and conducted by researchers from Florida State University's Information Use Management and Policy Institute and the University of Maryland’s Center for Library Innovation, and builds on research conducted since 1994.

Apply today for the 6th annual "We the People" Bookshelfgrant opportunity

The ALA Public Programs Office is pleased to partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the sixth We the People Bookshelf project. Part of the NEH’s We the People program, the Bookshelf encourages young people to read and understand great literature while exploring themes in American history.

Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

School and academic librarian nominations open for Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

Nominations for librarians in schools, colleges, community colleges and universities begin this week for the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

Administered by the American Library Association’s Public Information Office and Campaign for America’s Libraries, the award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians for their
efforts to improve the lives of people in their community.

Seeking Submissions from Practicing Librarians (U.S. and Canada) for The Published Librarian: Successful Professional and Personal Writing (publisher: American Library Association)

Foreword: Bob Blanchard, Adult Services Librarian, Des Plaines Public
Library. Contributor to Illinois Library Association Reporter; Thinking
Outside the Book: Essays for Innovative Librarians (McFarland, 2008)

Introductory Note: Wayne Jones, Head of Central Technical Services,
Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Ed., Ontario Library
Association, Access; Ed., E-Journals Access and Management (Routledge,

Contributors need publication experience in order to write practical,
concise, how-to articles to guide the reader. No previously published,

Seeking Submissions from Practicing Librarians (U.S. and Canada) for Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook (publisher: American Library Association)

Foreword: Kathy Barco, READiscover New Mexico: A Tri-Lingual Adventure in
Literacy (Sunstone Press, 2007); children's librarian,
Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Library

Afterword: Edith Campbell, Media Director, Arlington High School,
Indianapolis. Indiana Libraries, Viewpoints;

Articles by practicing academic, public, school, special librarians
sharing their experiences on how U.S. librarians are not tied to computers
inside libraries: how librarians partner, outreach, and market libraries in

Call for Nominations Robert Colby Scholarly Book Prize

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals is very pleased to award the annual Robert Colby Scholarly Book Prize for a scholarly book that most advances the understanding of the nineteenth-century British newspaper and/or periodical press. All books exploring periodicals of the period are eligible (including single-author monographs, edited collections, and editions) as long as they have a publication date of 2008. The winner will receive a plaque and a monetary award of up to $3,000, and will be invited to speak at the RSVP conference at the University of St.

ALA Brings Advocacy Presence to REFORMA National Conference

ALA's Advocacy Institute, entitled "Making our Voices Heard," will take
place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18. The workshop will offer
advocacy essentials such as message development and coalition building
and offers a valuable opportunity to network and share ideas with
library advocates who work to meet the information needs of the Latino
community. Attendees will leave with the tools necessary to become
better advocates for their bilingual and multicultural communities and
campuses. Guest speakers will include Mario Ascencio, immediate

776 Museums, Libraries, and Archives Selected to Receive IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf

Washington, DC—Dr. Anne-Imelda Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services ( IMLS ), announced today that 776 museums, libraries, and archives, representing every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam have been selected to receive the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf.

Registration open - ASIST 2008 Annual Meeting

People Transforming Information - Information Transforming People October 24-29, 2008, Hyatt Regency, Columbus, Ohio

The Sunday, October 26 plenary will be an interactive session featuring
- Geneveive Bell, director, User Experience Group Intel Digital Home Group
- Howard Rheingold, author, editor and lecturer at UC Berkeley and Stanford University
- Andrew Keen, host of AfterTV and Silicon Valley entrepreneur.

New OCLC Research Report on public library funding released

Now available: new OCLC membership report -- From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America

OCLC was awarded a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to explore attitudes and perceptions about library funding and to evaluate the potential of a large-scale marketing and advocacy campaign to increase public library funding in the U.S. The findings of this research are now available in the latest OCLC report, From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America.

Among the findings from the report: